Pioneers and Remote Locations

No matter where you live, you will need money to live comfortably. You will need money for rent, utilities, food and whatever else you consider necessary. You could go live in a big city where there will be plenty of office type careers or jobs in the medical field or work in some type of hospitality jobs. Even though cities have lots more jobs, they also have other things that I don’t really want to deal with.

Years ago, pioneers used to travel across the country to the rugged old West in hopes of making a better life. They would settle in some small town where they dreamed of riches. Even though they traveled far away from family and everything that was familiar to them. Usually when I think of pioneers, (and it depends on your definition of the word pioneer) someone like Buffalo Bill, Daniel Boone, Johnny Appleseed, Jack Longstreet, Jesse Chisholm and thanks to my mom giving me a few books about Elizabeth Blackwell, I add her to the list. I always loved the old shows: “Little House on the Prairie” & “Dr Quinn, Medicine Women”.

The main problem now-a-days is that some people think moving far away to a remote location is to hard to do. I don’t understand what is so hard about it. By listening to most people, it would seem hard to live in a city full of crime, where you hate your neighbors, where you have to travel 30-60 + minutes to get to work and then still not have money left at the end of the week for whatever emergency comes up. Its true that remote areas are not great for alot of jobs. If you’re in an area with only a few hundred people around, then big businesses have no reason to be there. Sure you might, if you are lucky, have a grocery store, a gas station, a school, and maybe a couple mom & pop style diners. Sorry but Walmarts don’t get built in a town with only a couple hundred residents living in it.

Luckily I got into working in national parks in 2007. Yes, they are usually remote. Most of the jobs in national parks also come with employee housing. Some parks have better housing then others. Some housing comes complete with a kitchen area and some do not. At the moment, I don’t have a kitchen to use. But I still got to eat enough food to gain about 40 pounds in the last half of 2018.

Earlier this week, a guest asked me if I got lonely living in Death Valley. I pointed out the window and asked her if she saw all the cars in the parking lot. I asked her “how can I be lonely in a place where people come to visit from all over the world?” Just because I have to travel about 90 minutes to reach Walmart, Albertsons grocery store, an eye doctor, or get a haircut, it does not mean I am lonely. It just means that I can’t run to the store at the spur-of-the-moment in the middle of the night. I have to plan ahead (or shop online). Sometimes I will even go as far as asking a guest what they pay a month for rent and all utilities. Some will answer that question and some won’t, but I tell them all what I pay versus what my daughter pays in NH just for her rent…I have no clue, what she pays for utilities. I have paid even less before than what I do now, at a different location.

I will assume that the lady (from last week) thought or meant “lonely” to be ..living without family. While most of my family is across the country scattered around New England buried in snow, I don’t have to shovel sunshine and rain. Sure I miss being around family sometimes gd…well I get excited when I have a planned vacation to go see them. But to be honest, that excitement only last a 1-2 days. Usually the vacation doesn’t turn out the way I had hoped it would. It seems that my family is better on facebook than actually in front of each others face.

If you asked any introvert if they could be lonely in a remote area where they could at least use internet, they would probably think that you were crazy. The world wide Web is full of people so how or why would they feel lonely? Oh hell, I have been in a room full of family and felt lonelier then I do while working in most of my remote locations.

There really isn’t much that I can’t do in my remote location. This year I even started online college. And no I won’t be using a degree to get a better job in a city. Why go to a city, if I have everything I “need” right here in my remote location of Death Valley?

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